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A Summons to Memphis
PETER TAYLOR

A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
23 reviews (1986) (224p)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Finalist
National Book Award Finalist
LA Times Book Prize for Fiction

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Book Description
When Phillip Carver is asked by his sisters to help avert their widower father's impending marriage to a younger woman, he is forced to confront his domineering siblings, a controlling patriarch, and a flood of memories from his deeply troubled past.


Amazon.com Review
Peter Taylor is well-known as a masterful writer of short stories set in the old South; not the well-explored South of explosive passions, but an urban world of faded gentility and empty custom. In his almost Jamesian evocations of the mannered upper classes in his native Tennessee, he neither romanticizes nor reviles, but meticulously observes, revealing the patterns of social behavior that leave the individual at the mercy of a relentless past. In this, only the second novel of his long career and the winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Taylor weaves a rich social web in telling the story of one family's stark social decline, symbolized by a move from Nashville to Memphis, and of the consequences through the years and down the generations.


Other Award Winning Books by Peter Taylor
The Old Forest and Other Stories by Peter Taylor
6 reviews (1985) (358p) (NBCCA) (PF) (NYTimes)
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Peter Taylor Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 5  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 2  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 A Summons to Memphis ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 A Summons to Memphis ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 2 A Summons to Memphis · The Old Forest and Other Stories ·  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 1 A Summons to Memphis ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 1 The Old Forest and Other Stories ·  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 1 The Old Forest and Other Stories ·  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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